FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2016
HISPANIC HERITAGE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES THE FANIA ALL STARS WILL RECEIVE THE ARTS AWARD AT 29TH HISPANIC HERITAGE AWARDS ON SEPTEMBER 22ND
WASHINGTON, DC – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) today announced the legendary Fania All Stars will receive the Arts Award at the 29th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards on September 22, 2016, at the historic Warner Theatre in Washington, DC. The Awards, set for nationwide broadcast by PBS on September 30th, recognize the contributions and accomplishments of Latino leaders in various fields while celebrating cultural pride and the great promise to America. The Fania All Stars join other recently announced honorees for this year such as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Actress/Singer Angelica Maria, Author Junot Díaz, Singer J Balvin, Tony Jimenez and George Herrera. Additional honorees, performers and presenters will be announced shortly.
“The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is very proud to honor the Fania All Stars with the Hispanic Heritage Award for Arts,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of Hispanic Heritage Foundation. “Millions have grown up dancing to Fania All Stars in their kitchens, streets and night clubs. They changed music forever and their influence continues with today’s artists. Fania represented our communities all over the world. The Hispanic community has made significant contributions throughout history, and we are proud to recognize that impact in the present and the future and Fania is an example of that.”
The Hispanic Heritage Awards were established in 1987 by The White House to commemorate the creation of Hispanic Heritage Month in America. The Awards are considered among the highest honors for Latinos by Latinos and the program will include top Latino performers and personalities paying tribute to the Honorees from the stage.
The flagship act for Fania Records, the Fania All Stars popularized New York salsa during the 1970s by organizing concerts at larger and larger venues (from the Red Garter in Greenwich Village all the way to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx) that spotlighted not only the label’s but the salsa world’s biggest stars – Ray Barretto, Willie Colón, Johnny Pacheco, Rubén Blades, Hector Lavoe, Ismael Miranda, Cheo Feliciano, Bobby Cruz, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, and special guests like Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, and Eddie Palmieri. LPs by the collective were usually recorded live and featured long jams with plenty of space for solos for each of the salsa heroes on-stage at the time. In addition, they were featured in three full-length films including “Our Latin Thing” in 1973 and both “Salsa” the movie and “Fania All Stars Live In Africa” in 1974
The Fania All Stars recorded eight studio albums during the 1980s, gradually moving from the overly polished sound of the late ’70s to a more organic Latin jazz. In 1994, the group celebrated the 30th anniversary of Fania Records with live dates in San Juan, Miami, and New York.. The Fania All Stars continued to perform occasionally during the rest of the ‘90s, and did their last concert in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 2014.
The Hispanic Heritage Awards serve as a launch of HHF’s year-round, award-winning programs which inspire, prepare and connect Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s needs in priority fields. HHF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information on the mission of HHF visit www.hispanicheritage.org.
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